Academics

Book Signings Feature SHU Faculty

Barnes & Noble, TFA Co-Host Events Feb. 21, March 14 in Dominican Hall

The Barnes & Noble Bookstore at Siena Heights University is co-hosting a pair of book signings featuring SHU faculty members in the lobby of Dominican Hall on the Adrian campus.

 

Tad Dunne, Associate Professor of Humanities at SHU, will sign two of his books, “We Love You Matty: Meeting Death with Faith,” and “Enneatypes: Method & Spirit,” from 4-6 p.m. Feb. 21.

 

On March 14, SHU English faculty members Patricia Schnapp, RSM, and Dan McVeigh  will sign their new anthology “The Best American Catholic Short Stories” from 4:30-6 p.m.

 

Both signings are co-sponsored by Siena’s Teaching Faculty Assembly.

 

“We Love You Matty: Meeting Death with Faith” (Amityville, NY: Baywood Publishing, 2000) taddunne.jpgopens with the true story of Matty Ventresca, who was born with a severely damaged heart and given up for adoption because he was not expected to live much longer than his teens. Dunne challenges the reader's spontaneous assumptions about death and an afterlife by looking at death from the points of view of diverse religious traditions, as well as the findings of psychology, social studies, and history. Readers of any religious beliefs will find that the many short, spiritual reflections here will profoundly affect the faith with which they meet death.

 

“Enneatypes: Method & Spirit” (Universal Publishers/uPUBLISH.com. 1999) has early chapters describing the history of the enneatype theory and define the key terms, compulsion and spirituality. Chapter Four gives a complete account of the enneatypes, including explanations on how each compulsion originates, how it relates to egotism and spirituality, and how it may be transcended. This is followed by a chapter on how to diagnose a compulsion. The book closes with an essay for teenagers on "How to Be."

 

Believed to be the first anthology of its kind, “The Best American Catholic Short Stories” features catholicanthology.jpg20 stories from 13 American Catholic authors over the past 75 years. Co-editors Schnapp and McVeigh spent more than four years assembling the extraordinary collection that is unique in subject and scope. Major contributors to the 376-page anthology published by Sheed and Ward in 2007 include Flannery O'Connor, Mary Gordon, Ron Hansen, T. Coraghessan Boyle and Richard Russo. All the short stories have a religious dimension of some sort and focus directly on Catholic spiritual life. The anthology is evenly divided between political and religious liberals and conservatives, which reflects the background of the editors. The anthology also includes a balance of pre- and post-Vatican II writers.

 

Both signings are open to the public, with refreshments and music also expected to be on hand. The authors will read from their books, answer questions and of course be available to sign purchased copies.

 

The Barnes & Noble Bookstore is located in the Archangelus Hall Ballroom on Siena’s Adrian campus.

 

For more information, contact Doug Goodnough at 517-264-7141 or email dgoodnou@sienaheights.edu.

 

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